Art for Healing

Posted by Harriet Hodgson @harriethodgson1, Oct 26, 2018

Kudos to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for allowing physicians to write prescriptions for free admission to the museum. And kudos to Mayo Clinic for its art program. From the beginning, Mayo Clinic believed that art can uplift patients and foster healing. Whether it’s Rochester, Jacksonville or Scottsdale, Mayo Clinic displays a wide range of artwork for patients. The Rochester site published a brochure for a self-guided tour of artwork. I live in Rochester and every time I’m at Mayo, I take the time to look at the artwork.

@hopeful33250

For @retiredteacher, @contentandwell and other book lovers, here is something you can relate to:

It's rare, but it does happen. To you too?

Posted by Mary Balogh on Saturday, July 13, 2019

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@hopeful33250 No, that has not afflicted me. I am not reading nearly as much these days as I used to. I had a couple of good sounding books loaded up on my IPad but they are gone now! I didn’t know they had been a bargain for amazon prime members. I had a temporary, complimentary one but they took the books away because that expired!
JK

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@retiredteacher

@hopeful33250 I don't stay lost in the last book. Once it's finished, I'm ready to start something new. The only exception is if I'm reading a series. Then I'm down for the count—-days of reading and ignoring anything else unless absolutely necessary. That's one plus for retirement. Whatever is on the schedule can be changed if I'm lost in a book.
Carol

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My wife is an avid reader also. She has been reading more books on her tablet. She can check out books from the local library on her tablet. And Amazon has great marketing. The first book in a series is always free. When she gets hooked on a series, she has to pay for the rest of the books to find out how the series ends.

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As a health/wellness author I'm reading all the time. We live in a townhome and I spent a fortune on three bookshelves. In mid-September we're moving into a retirement community owned/operated by Mayo Clinic. I just ordered two bookcases with drawers on the top for our new place. The construction crew is also putting in three shelves for books. I can't live without them!

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@harriethodgson1

As a health/wellness author I'm reading all the time. We live in a townhome and I spent a fortune on three bookshelves. In mid-September we're moving into a retirement community owned/operated by Mayo Clinic. I just ordered two bookcases with drawers on the top for our new place. The construction crew is also putting in three shelves for books. I can't live without them!

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@harriethodgson1 Before I moved in here a year ago, I had 4 bookcases. Two were full of my design books for quilting and crafts. I am now down to two bookcases. And both of those will go with me North to our new house. I was appalled when I moved in here, that Bill had no books! That was inconceivable to me, a house without books. Reading is my go-to. It's even more portable then my little Zentangle-kit-to-go.
Ginger

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@rosemarya

@parus. Thank you for sharing your ink drawing of this handsome zebra! I just feel happy by looking at it, and on a personal level, I appreciate the black and white ink technique. I remember seeing zebras at the zoo as a child, and now with granddaughter!

@gingerw, I am fascinated by your zentangles and how you are gifting others by sharing. I think it would be fun to do because I am attracted to detail. I imagine it is like working on a puzzle or counted cross stitch with no stopping until finished.

@contentandwell, @ @hopeful33250, @retiredteacher, Anytime that you are touched by viewing, reading, or hearing a work of art, then the art has served its purpose, and you honor the artist.

@lioness, I, too, put myself into whatever I'm working on. So I understand what you are experiencing. I can easily get completely 'lost' in the process of sewing, or figuring out a pattern, or practicing my music. I am keenly aware that my husband does not 'get it' sometimes when I cannot put down a project.

Here is an example of Art for Healing – at the bedside. This video shows how writers, visual artists and musicians offer a type of care that has nothing to do with tests or treatments. This is an inpatient model. It intrigued me and brought me an answer to an unsettling question that I have had since my transplant 10 years ago. While in the hospital (Mayo Rochester), there was a very ill patient in the next room, and I remember that one day I thought that heard someone playing a violin. It was a piece that I had learned years ago, and I could hear the hesitation on the difficult passages. (just like me). It was beautiful to my ear. Now I have the answer to my own confusion that has haunted me for years!
https://intheloop.mayoclinic.org/2018/11/29/arts-at-the-bedside-provides-a-different-way-of-healing/

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@rosemarya Thank you for the video. This is the sort of thing I would love to participate in! I cried during most of it, it affected me so much. As for Zentangle please look into it. I think that you will find focusing like that and detailed would be beneficial there are many YouTube tutorials you can go to Zentangle.com and see the founders of the movement.
Ginger

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@marvinjsturing

My wife is an avid reader also. She has been reading more books on her tablet. She can check out books from the local library on her tablet. And Amazon has great marketing. The first book in a series is always free. When she gets hooked on a series, she has to pay for the rest of the books to find out how the series ends.

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@marvinjsturing Great minds, as they say. I was thinking about you this morning and wondering how things are going. Any news from your sister or an anonymous donor? I hope things are moving along and that everything will come together at the perfect time. You are on my prayer list, so I pray for you every night. I keep hoping for the news to come in and that it will be on ready!
I read mostly on my Nook and get every day a free list of books that are very inexpensive. Bookbub.com is the site. If your wife goes there, she will get a list every day of five or six books. The books are sometimes free, .99 cents or maybe $1.99 or $2.99. Sometimes they have a series. You can buy with a credit card. It has saved us a lot of money since my husband and I both read constantly. Have her try it and see if it works. It's fun to try some new author for less than a dollar.
Stay in touch with your situation.
Carol

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@retiredteacher

@marvinjsturing Great minds, as they say. I was thinking about you this morning and wondering how things are going. Any news from your sister or an anonymous donor? I hope things are moving along and that everything will come together at the perfect time. You are on my prayer list, so I pray for you every night. I keep hoping for the news to come in and that it will be on ready!
I read mostly on my Nook and get every day a free list of books that are very inexpensive. Bookbub.com is the site. If your wife goes there, she will get a list every day of five or six books. The books are sometimes free, .99 cents or maybe $1.99 or $2.99. Sometimes they have a series. You can buy with a credit card. It has saved us a lot of money since my husband and I both read constantly. Have her try it and see if it works. It's fun to try some new author for less than a dollar.
Stay in touch with your situation.
Carol

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@retiredteacher Hi, Carol. My wife already is getting the daily emails from bookbub. My sister has the first round of chemo done. She has been going into the hospital every 2 or 3 days to have fluid drained so her lungs don't collapse. That time is beginning to increase and she says she is starting to feel a little better. She has chemo again on the 29th. This round is so toxic, she has to be admitted into the hospital for 3 days. The chemo will leak out of her pores and tear ducts, so they need to make sure she showers often and gets eye drops. As for myself, I figure that my kidney transplant is on God's hands and will happen in His time
Thanks for your prayers.

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@rosemarya

@lioness, Oh my gosh! I did not 'see' any particular image. I was focused on the beauty of the colors and the transparency and flow of the watercolors. I am attracted to shades of color. I drive my husband crazy on vacation because I will take repeated photos of the same scene throughout the day because to me, each change in lighting makes a new view. He sees only repeats of the same photo.

I had to go back and look again, and I can see lilies.
Did you see the link to the video? It is at the end of the reading section.

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@rosemarya No I didn't see the link to the video I will go back and look at it . Everyone sees pictures differently . But its all good.

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@marvinjsturing

@retiredteacher Hi, Carol. My wife already is getting the daily emails from bookbub. My sister has the first round of chemo done. She has been going into the hospital every 2 or 3 days to have fluid drained so her lungs don't collapse. That time is beginning to increase and she says she is starting to feel a little better. She has chemo again on the 29th. This round is so toxic, she has to be admitted into the hospital for 3 days. The chemo will leak out of her pores and tear ducts, so they need to make sure she showers often and gets eye drops. As for myself, I figure that my kidney transplant is on God's hands and will happen in His time
Thanks for your prayers.

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@marvinjsturing I pray that your sister will heal rapidly and be cancer free. You are right. Everything is in God's hands and will happen in His time. I'm glad your wife has bookbub. I think it's a neat site and I have read some first-time authors and enjoyed them.
Blessings to you and your family.
Carol

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@rosemarya

@lioness, Oh my gosh! I did not 'see' any particular image. I was focused on the beauty of the colors and the transparency and flow of the watercolors. I am attracted to shades of color. I drive my husband crazy on vacation because I will take repeated photos of the same scene throughout the day because to me, each change in lighting makes a new view. He sees only repeats of the same photo.

I had to go back and look again, and I can see lilies.
Did you see the link to the video? It is at the end of the reading section.

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@rosemarya Just watched the video that was really cool and the patients response was great. Remided me of when I use to go with a church group and play the music for them they would love to sing along. Pet therapy also to see the happinest on the patients faces.

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@retiredteacher

@contentIandwell I am the same way. Once I start a good book, everything else is at a standstill. I have to credit my mother and my being an only child with a love of reading. She read to me from the day I was born, and I learned to read early to entertain myself. When I started teaching, I loved reading even more and teaching the books, plays, and poetry I assigned to my students. Reading to teach and reading to relax are entirely different, but I loved reading both ways. I read now for relaxation and do not choose books that are complicated. I enjoy mysteries and non fiction and occasionally go back to my Shakespearean plays and Chaucer and the British lit. I taught. It never gets old.
Carol

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@retiredteacher
Congratulations on you ability to read so well. I haven’t been able to read a book and keep it straight since I was a teenager, so I’m told. When my friend is here helping me she reads all day and night if awake and not busy. I envy all you readers.
Jake

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@marvinjsturing

@retiredteacher Hi, Carol. My wife already is getting the daily emails from bookbub. My sister has the first round of chemo done. She has been going into the hospital every 2 or 3 days to have fluid drained so her lungs don't collapse. That time is beginning to increase and she says she is starting to feel a little better. She has chemo again on the 29th. This round is so toxic, she has to be admitted into the hospital for 3 days. The chemo will leak out of her pores and tear ducts, so they need to make sure she showers often and gets eye drops. As for myself, I figure that my kidney transplant is on God's hands and will happen in His time
Thanks for your prayers.

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@marvinjsturing prayers for your sister. I hope she will come out of all of this well and better than ever.

Kidney transplants do seem to have a long wait unless you have a living donor. I wish the best for you and hopefully you will find someone willing to be a live donor for you.
JK

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@retiredteacher

@marvinjsturing Great minds, as they say. I was thinking about you this morning and wondering how things are going. Any news from your sister or an anonymous donor? I hope things are moving along and that everything will come together at the perfect time. You are on my prayer list, so I pray for you every night. I keep hoping for the news to come in and that it will be on ready!
I read mostly on my Nook and get every day a free list of books that are very inexpensive. Bookbub.com is the site. If your wife goes there, she will get a list every day of five or six books. The books are sometimes free, .99 cents or maybe $1.99 or $2.99. Sometimes they have a series. You can buy with a credit card. It has saved us a lot of money since my husband and I both read constantly. Have her try it and see if it works. It's fun to try some new author for less than a dollar.
Stay in touch with your situation.
Carol

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@retiredteacher I'm a Bookbub fan as well, Carol! I've read some amazing authors that I would not have known about were it not for the low prices offered on Bookbub.

@marvinjsturing I will certainly pray for you and your sister as well. I hope a donor becomes available for you.

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@rosemarya

@lioness, Oh my gosh! I did not 'see' any particular image. I was focused on the beauty of the colors and the transparency and flow of the watercolors. I am attracted to shades of color. I drive my husband crazy on vacation because I will take repeated photos of the same scene throughout the day because to me, each change in lighting makes a new view. He sees only repeats of the same photo.

I had to go back and look again, and I can see lilies.
Did you see the link to the video? It is at the end of the reading section.

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I see the lilies too, @lioness. Here is the video that is linked to the story that @rosemarya shared.

Art certainly heals, whether one is creating the art or gathering joy from it. The all-consuming aspect of art that strikes us is not to be underestimated in its healing powers.

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@jenniferhunter

@harriethodgson1 Wow! I'm so glad you opened this discussion as I've wanted to talk about how important art is for healing and I loved seeing all the art at Mayo. It's kind of like an art museum with some doctor's offices and labs attached and lots more art in the hospitals. I realized that within my own personal experience, I had a lot of resources to help me as a patient. I took my own advice and I used art and music as my therapy to help get past my fears and embrace the surgical treatment that I needed. I am an artist and I was loosing the ability to hold my arms up and control them, and I had worked so hard in my life to achieve that ability. I had long held fears about going through painful tests and surgery, and I was faced with a choice. If my fear made my choices for me, I would have become disabled in a lot of ways, and I would not be able to continue to paint at the level I expected of myself. I also have a biology degree and had worked in research before changing careers to fine art, so I understood medical research that I read, and I understood why I needed spine surgery. When I came to Mayo, I brought one of my own paintings with me to comfort me and give me a place to mentally escape if necessary. I hung it on the wall and looked at it during the nerve tests. I brought it with me when I met my neurosurgeon because I wanted him to understand why getting his help was so important to me. I had already been turned down by 5 surgeons before Mayo because my case was a bit unusual. I brought my camera and asked my surgeon if I could do sketches of him. I told him I needed to like him and this was my way to connect through my art. He liked my art and gladly posed for my camera. I sent him images of my drawings of him. Another painting accompanied me on my surgery day. It was of a trail I had hiked along a creek in Rocky Mountain National Park and I knew it intimately because I had been there and had painted it. Not only did I learn to defeat my biggest fear, but I came through with flying colors. During my recovery, what I wanted to do the most was to paint a portrait of my surgeon, and at one of my follow up appointments, he posed for my camera again and he had a lot of fun doing that. When I came back at my one year follow up, I had a watercolor portrait of him that I painted as a gift. I had to do some rehab to get back my stamina for the physicality of painting. During all of this, music helped me reduce stress and lower my blood pressure. I was measuring it before and after listening to music with deep breathing, and I could drop it significantly. Music also gave my mind a place to go when I was worried. The night before surgery, I was doing my best to loose myself in that painting and the music in my headphones, and in the morning when I met my surgical team I was calm and ready and doing just fine. Coming to Mayo exceeded my expectations and changed my life, and I brought my own creativity as my guide.

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Jennifer, you are truly an inspiration not to mention an incredible artist. I find you yo be a heroine. Your story was amazing. By now, its Aug 2019, I pray you are most likely doing well and painting once again.
Thank you for posting. Myself, I need help as my husband and I have lost our daughter, suddenly.
I just began to paint, in fact taking lessons. Since our daughters passing I dont want to do anything, but I know I need to.
God Bless You

Heres my story….
Check under Grief and Loss:
Recent, totally sudden, traumatic loss of our daughter.
Thank you.

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